Full steam ahead: NH issues Request for Proposal (RFP) for Paid Family Medical Leave
Concord, NH – Today, Governor Chris Sununu and the New Hampshire Departments of Administrative Services and Employment Security, with assistance from the Department of Insurance, issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) seeking a commercial insurance to fully insure and administer the Granite State Paid Family and Medical Leave Plan (PFML).
The plan — which does not include income tax — provides participating New Hampshire employees with 60% of their average weekly earnings for up to six weeks per year for specified time off from the workplace.
“A truly voluntary, statewide, privately marketed paid vacation plan does not exist in any other state, and New Hampshire is leading the way,” Gov. Chris Sununu said. “After years of discussions, we are finally moving forward with a viable paid leave product that is available to anyone who wants it and imposed on anyone who does not. Today is another step in the right direction. direction for New Hampshire families!”
A provision of the State Budget Trailer Bill (HB2) 2022/2023 requires the state to establish a voluntary plan for paid family and medical leave. The PFML plan offers an alternative to a mandatory program by providing voluntary access to a benefit for all employees working for a company in New Hampshire. An employer of any size can choose to participate and a Business Enterprise Tax (BET) credit equal to 50% of the premium paid by these sponsoring employers is available.
“With this voluntary plan, New Hampshire has once again shown how innovative approaches to public policy issues can provide workable solutions,” said Deputy Insurance Commissioner DJ Bettencourt. “NHID has an obligation to ensure that any law passed by the Legislature and Governor is successfully implemented, and we are committed to fulfilling this obligation with the best interests of Granite Staters in mind.”
“This is an essential program that offers current and future workers here in the Granite State the choice to take time off work to care for their families or to care for themselves,” said said Deputy Commissioner Richard Lavers of Job Security. “New Hampshire is once again differentiating itself from other states in the region and the country as we continue to strive to do all we can to attract and retain critical workforce for our employer base. growing.”
The winning carrier will provide coverage to all three groups of entrants: the state as employer, private employers and other public employers of any size, and the individual group.
Once approved by the Governor and the Executive Council, the term of the contract will extend until December 31, 2027, a period of approximately five years, and may be extended for up to two additional years.
Proposals submitted in response to this RFP must be received by the Office of Procurement and Property, Division of Procurement and Support Services (DPSS) no later than May 9, 2022. Questions or requests for clarifications should be submitted by email to Andrew Bennett at Andrew. [email protected]